Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Moray Greens to Contest Heldon and Laich By-Election

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Moray Greens are pleased to confirm that they will be contesting the upcoming Heldon and Laich By-election, and that James MacKessack-Leitch, Moray Greens Convenor, has been selected as the candidate.

James previously contested the same seat in the May 2012 local elections, and performed admirably well for a first time candidate in an area that has never before seen any Green representatives on the ballot. Given the circumstances surrounding the by-election, and the feeling of the people of the area towards the current make up of the council, we feel that there is a real chance for someone with a clear vision, local knowledge, and the commitment to make the Moray Council fairer, greener, and more democratic, to have a very good chance of being elected.

James is that person.

“Recently when I’ve been talking to people one theme has been cropping up again and again,” said James. “That is to say the clear and utter lack of foresight and vision pervading the Council at the moment. Just as one example, take the unnecessary and hugely unpopular Elgin Western Link Road. Aside from the well established reasons for not going ahead, the cost alone should be enough to make people think twice. Why is the council so willing to saddle us with £15 million of debt for this project, yet begrudges forking out less than a tenth of that to dredge Morays harbours – a vital facility for many in the area – or dithers when finding a similar amount to repair and maintain our clearly crumbling sea defences?”

“This by-election will be crucial, and whoever is elected could hold the balance of power in key decisions, not least the upcoming budget cuts. The people of Heldon and Laich have a unique opportunity to either vote for more of the same, or for someone who truly believes in change. I’m ready to make Moray fairer, greener, and more democratic, are you?”

You can find out more by downloading James’ by-election leaflet here.